From November 2014 – March 2017 Jonathan was Project Dramaturg on Crossing The Line – an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration project investigating the work of Mind The Gap in Bradford, UK. Moomsteatern in Malmo, Sweden and Compagnie de L’Oisesau Mouche in Roubaix, France: 3 of the world’s leading companies making theatre with professional, learning disabled theatre makers. He led the bid writing process and helped put the partnership together (www.crossingtheline.eu).
He was in 2011 on the Steering Group for and Co-Chaired the first Theatre and Autism Industry Day run by ATG, SOLT/TMA, at the Unicorn, focusing on Relaxed Performances. In October 2015 he was keynote speaker at the first convening on relaxed performances in Hong Kong. He was invited by the Kennedy Centre in 2012, Washington DC as one of 10 UK and 50 global Thought Leaders on Disability and Performance. For the last 9 years, he has been Parent/Trustee, latterly Expert Adviser, at Ambitious about Autism, the National Charity for Autism Education. As Director of writernet over ten years, Jonathan devised and ran four playwright developmental projects (1998-2008) with Graeae, The UKs leading theatre company with physical and sensory disabilities. He chaired two symposia on Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a Deaf and disability perspective as part of Kaite O’Reilly’s Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Fellowship, at the Universities of Liverpool and Exeter.
Lara is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, with over 20 years experience working in criminal justice settings. She is currently one of the national clinical leads for domestic abuse programmes, within Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service.
In previous roles Lara has worked as a head of psychology, in large and complex prison. In this role she developed and led on a number of initiatives and was awarded a Butler Trust award in 2009 for her work with difficult to manage prisoners.
She has a keen interest in the arts, including theatre, literature and poetry. Lara has previously set up and run book clubs for work colleagues and friends, one of which has run for over 15 years. She routinely organises trips to the theatres amongst friends and colleagues. She is currently in the process of setting up a ‘theatre club’, which will aim to create an interest in fringe theatre performances in non-theatregoers.
Denise Young is currently the Director of Community Development at the Calgary SCOPE Society (in Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
This position includes oversight of many arts projects (including Picture this…film festival), advocacy work and services and supports to seniors with disabilities. Denise is also a lifelong advocate on a variety of social issues, especially those focussing on minority-group-rights issues.
Uchenna is an experienced and successful communications and content leader with an interest in the arts sector and, in particular, raising the profile of BME artists and productions. With strong media contacts and strategic management of B2B multi-million content portfolios, Uchenna’s achievements have resulted in her former employers’ growth and development. She has brokered new relationships and processes, expanded the talent pool, and led initiatives on diversity at the Royal Shakespeare Company, FT, BBC, Channel 4, ITN, and The Guardian. Uchenna is seeking roles on arts boards.
Lucy started her career as a newspaper journalist and a factual programmes producer for BBC Radio and TV. At BBC Drama she set up BBC Writers Room (www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom), a national development initiative for new writers.
She went on to specialise in working with less-heard writers and dramatists in the UK and overseas, including: Afghanistan, South Sudan, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. In 2011, she founded and led Commonwealth Writers (www.commonwealthwriters.org). Responsive and proactive, it tackles the challenges faced by writers across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
She now works for a variety of national and international organisations, to develop and deliver creative initiatives worldwide. She is on the board of: Papertrail Theatre and Oval House Development Board in the UK, plus the Children’s Radio Foundation in South Africa, and BOCAS Lit Fest in Trinidad.